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RE: 2020 GMC HD in the Wild

I can’t trade. Still have a bunch of 1157, etc. bulbs to use up. I laughed way to hard at that.
ls1mike 09/12/19 08:43am Tow Vehicles
RE: GM recall 2014-2018

supposed to be needing more pressure in parking lot speeds. No big deal next time I go in it will be for a trans flush they can reprogram then it only takes a few minutes. Do you have a vacuum pump? You should have hydroboost like me. My 1 ton gasser's VIN does not come up needing the recall as it has no vacuum pump
ls1mike 09/11/19 05:11pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GM recall 2014-2018

It looks like it is a work around for the vacuum pump. My 2017 gasser is not part of the recall. It does not have the subject vacuum pump. I know gas 2500s and 3500HDs don't use the pump.
ls1mike 09/11/19 03:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Freightliner vs 3500 GMC Dually at the Ike

I don't care about the results either way. I am taking the Freightliner all day long. It looks pretty comfortable and you can never be over trucked. :) 163,000 dollar trailer. Did you guys catch that? I pooped a little.
ls1mike 09/09/19 05:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Anti-seize on brake caliper bracket?

My entire adult life has been spent going to sea on, working around and maitaining Submarines. We use anti-seize in some spots, but loctite in most areas were a locking device cannot be used or extra locking is required for Nylock fasteners. GM installs your caliper bracket bolts with blue Loctite. You will probably be fine. They are not worried so much about it backing out as they are about preventing shock, vibration and heat cycles from losening it up. It won't back out on it's own. I doubt any of the shock, vibration or heat cycles will cause it do that either, but being connected to the steering knuckle/axle and being attached to an area that will heat up under heavy load they are just being safe. Vibartion will loosen even properly torqued fasteners over time. I genearlly don't put any back on(I do on the truck and the Trans Am) but I don't anti-seize them either.
ls1mike 09/09/19 01:12am Tow Vehicles
RE: Considering a newer tow rig....

I went from a 2013 F150 with the 3.5 to a 2017 F350 diesel (towing 28', ~6500-7000 lbs). The F150 EB did a fine job, except on passes with switchbacks or steep declines. Going up a hill with switchbacks just killed the transmission. Going down steep grades, the lack of compression made it hard to keep it slow and not have the brakes heat up. The F350 tows like a dream. The exhaust brake, the beefed up transmission, bigger brakes, etc., just make towing with this night and day better than the F150. If you can bigger, do it. You won't regret it. If you are comparing an F350 to an F150 you are going to be a bit disappointed. The Ecoboost does have grade braking logic that works pretty good for a 1/2 ton. Certainly better than a 4 speed 460 powered truck.
ls1mike 07/21/19 09:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Considering a newer tow rig....

Hey guys/gals, new here. Start off by sayin hello, ok now onto business... I But heres the kicker, im torn between the 5.0L V8 and the 3.5L EB V6. I know the EB will tow better (athough i doubt as good as my 460), but i question its long term durabilty. You might be surprised. 97ish 460 260hp/410lb-ft at 2200 rpm 2013ish Ecoboost 365hp/420lb-ft at 2500 rpm 2013ish 5.0 360hp/380ft/lb-ft at 4250 rpm I only listed the torque RPM. With more gears in the newer truck it will be easier to use. I bet money that both of those truck out pull your 460, what you are looking at now is axles/payload and stability. 7500lbs those trucks are not even sweating.
ls1mike 07/21/19 09:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Considering a newer tow rig....

Oh I have a 32 foot Passport 3220BHWE. It is about 7700lbs loaded (scaled) We towed it with my buddies 3.5 Ecoboost to Sun Lakes Washington from Poulsbo...You can map it. Truck did fine. His is a crew cab so it has longer wheels base. That is a 4 hour trip, up and down Vantage, up over Snoqulamie and Tiger Mountain in the summer time. Truck didn't miss a beat, was better than my old 1 ton and just as good as my 02 2500HD. He just wanted to see how well it would tow a larger trailer. He had a 24 footer and went to a 28 footer 3 years ago. No issues for him. To be honest I was curious too and I think the truck did very well.
ls1mike 07/21/19 09:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Considering a newer tow rig....

I am not a diesel guy. I don't daily drive my truck and I tow under 8000lbs. Really don't need one. Right tool for the job I supose? Having said that I started out in a 1989 GMC 1 ton 454TBI, Turbo 400, 4.10 gears. It was reliable but didn't do anything fast and rarely kept up with traffic on the bigger hills. I had that truck 5ish years and the A/C died it was gonna be 1500 dollars to fix not worth it so I sold it to a buddy for a few hundered bucks. It had 180,000 miles on it. I was reluctant to go to a newer truck with 6.0, 4L80E, 4.10 gears. I made that switch 10 years ago when I found an 02 2500HD with 23,000 miles on it no options but A/C and cruise(truck was already 7 years old). The 6.0 killed that old 454 in every way possible towing 7500 to 8000lbs. So recently I decided I wanted a newer truck with some options. Found a lightly used 2017 3500HD, 6L90E, 4.10 gears 2 Friday's ago. First real tow was this weekend. I didn't expect much of a difference but it was a big one. So stable and comfortable, grade breaking, reverse camera, integrated trailer brake. Plus There were some places were the old truck would see 4700 to 5200 rpm to hit 60. This truck never went over 3800 rpm the entire trip to maintain speed or keep up with traffic. Less shifting tranny temp never went over 155, old truck would see up to 200 on the same trip. It was worth every penny. It is time man.
ls1mike 07/21/19 09:00pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Chevy HD 1k mile MPG

double post
ls1mike 07/18/19 10:57am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Chevy HD 1k mile MPG

The High Country def looks better in the front than the Chevy worded one. Be interesting to see what figures come up for towing. All big 3 have lots of "thrills and do-dads" which can be mind boggling, but $$$$ if something goes south. $76k for a SRW truck? Man I bought a '86 GMC w 6.2 L for 13K then a '91 GMC for 24K. Man !!! In 1986 13,000 is equivalent to 29,784 today. In 1986 24,000 is equivalent to 44,247 today. Those trucks were pricey back then. I will give you 10 bucks for the 6.2 Average price of a new vehicle right now is 36,500. Average age of a vehicle is just over 11 years old. I don't think that price is off base for what you get.
ls1mike 07/18/19 10:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: High mile gas engine trucks

I would like to see who else still tows with higher mile gas engine trucks say over 100,000 miles. I have a Chevy 6.0 gas with 120,000 miles and am curious as to see who else is running with higher mile gas engines. Curly If you have Facebook there is a huge GMT800 site with over 51,000 members. Literally thousands of gas 4.8/5.3/6.0 trucks over there with over 300,000 miles on them. They do a mileage thread, it seems, weekly
ls1mike 07/18/19 10:40am Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy 1500HD vs. 2500

A pop up small trailer vs a nice TT with lots of room and amenities. That’s the difference between the two trucks. best post of the week award Cool!! I see we got 2 more weight cops, "can't haul more than a bag of groceries or tow more than a uhaul trailer without a dually". Welcome aboard [email protected] talkers!! I'm dying. Don't you know you need a 1 ton dually diesel to tow pop up. LOL. Couple of folks have asked me why I didn't get a diesel. I had no need. I am towing around 7500lbs. "Well you will be under trucked" I just nod my head and move along. The 1500HD and 2500 are fine for towing and hauling a lot of different things. Not everyone wants or needs a diesel.
ls1mike 07/15/19 11:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: Finally did it. New to me 2017 3500HD gasser

Thanks everyone. I love it. So quiet as compared to my old 02 W/T. I went back and forth for 2 years and when drove this one I couldn't say no.
ls1mike 07/13/19 11:13am Tow Vehicles
RE: Finally did it. New to me 2017 3500HD gasser

Nice upgrade! I want to eventually do the same with my 07 duramax with 47k on it. Be a sad day but I’ll adapt like you. ?? Just let me know when you want to sell it!! I need to get 10 years out this one too. I should have sold you my old one. I had a lot of love in that. I over maintained it. It would have been a good run around/Work Truck. Someone will get a nice runner. I can't believe what 15 years has done truck wise. I mean it still a 6.0 but I can tell it going to just do a better job and it is the quietest vehicle I have ever owned. I was out your way last week. Camped at Lake Easton. I love it just over the pass.
ls1mike 07/13/19 11:12am Tow Vehicles
RE: Finally did it. New to me 2017 3500HD gasser

Nice upgrade! I want to eventually do the same with my 07 duramax with 47k on it. Be a sad day but I’ll adapt like you. ?? I know it is stupid. I chocked up a little leaving the old truck there. it was like part of the family. Never let me down, just chugged a long. This truck has some big shoes to fill. LOL
ls1mike 07/12/19 08:10pm Tow Vehicles
Finally did it. New to me 2017 3500HD gasser

Well traded in my old 02 today. Served me well. Lots of memories I that truck. Here are the details 2017 Chevy 3500HD LT 29,000 miles. My first 4x4. :) Certainly a huge upgrade from 02 with only cruise control and A/C. I know it will tow a bit better which was part of the goal, but we wanted 4x4 and just to be more comfortable.
ls1mike 07/12/19 06:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy 1500HD vs. 2500

Question: What was the difference between a Chevy Silverado 1500HD and a 2500? Both have heavy axles and the larger V8. If you are talking late 90's to 2007 6.0/4L80E trucks The 2500 is the same as a 1500HD The 2500 became the 1500HD They had a semi floating 9.5 inch rear end. They were an 8200lbs gross weight truck. The 2500HD 6.0/4l80E trucks had a full floating 10.5 inch 14 bolt rear end. They were a 9200lbs gross weight truck. The rear section of the frame was larger.
ls1mike 07/09/19 12:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Upgrading wheel size

ST205/75-14 C at 1760 lbs = 7040 lb capacity. I'd bet your 7700 lbs is a estimate and not a actual scaled weight. Looks like the 205/75 tires are close to being maxed out. Your choice on going with a 14" load D which would give tires on the trailer a bit more needed reserve capacity. Now you don't want to get silly and go with 2800-3000 lb + rated tires on a 7k lb road trailer . For my use having several cargo trailers used as job site tool trailers/boat trailers that came with 14" tires ...I sold the 14" tires and wheels then moved up to 15" sizes. The cargo trailers were pulled over rough roads getting to worksites so taller tires made things ride a bit easier inside the trailer. I actually scaled it last trip. Rear axle was 3520 front axle was 3480, truck was 7900 with trailer on the tongue. That was with 30 gallons of water in the potable water tank. I think I will just go with load range D tires this time.
ls1mike 07/08/19 07:03am Travel Trailers
RE: Leaving Trailer Hooked Up

I'm in WA state and we are watching closely on your situation, as it's been since 2001 since our last big quake up here.. Good luck! Mitch I am with you on that, I am in Poulsbo. OP, I leave my truck hooked up sometimes for a week or two. I don't daily drive my truck. No issues ever. Stay safe!
ls1mike 07/07/19 05:13pm Travel Trailers
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